Last reply on May 19, 2007 by GONZO
When I first looked at this specimen, my first instinct was to guess that it was biloba
, especially coming from the upper Neversink. But, the more I compare it to the specimen I previously guessed as biloba
, the more I see subtle differences. The pronotum is a different shape and the knobs or spines extend further along the abdomen. Perhaps these are variable traits or gender differences, but I'm starting to wonder about both IDs.
Of the Eastern (or transcontinental) species, I'm pretty familiar with dorsata
, and I've seen a few specimens that I'm pretty sure are comstocki
. These latter specimens had fearsome-looking long spines along the abdomen and I guessed at the comstocki
ID mostly because its nickname is the "spiny salmonfly."
I've seen cladistic diagrams that indicate that scotti
is considered to be the closest relative of biloba
, but it seems to have a more southerly distribution. (That diagram also seemed to explain why Allonarcys
is no longer favored as a separate genus for the Pteronarcys
species with spines or knobs.)
I'm not aware of the species descriptions of proteus
. Until I saw a survey of the Delaware River basin, I assumed that the large unknobbed Pteronarcys
that I had seen on the main branch were dorsata
(and that's what Ernie S. said they were), but the survey lists only biloba
, and proteus
Could someone provide some characters for these other species? It would help to resolve my current confusion and would be greatly appreciated.